Robert Doisneau’s works are exhibited in the splendid rooms of via San Felice from Friday 6 March to Sunday 21 June 2020.
143 shots that tell the beauty of everyday life, where small things are the protagonists of the exhibition.
There are contingent entrances that will not host more than 120 people, distributed in the 900 square meters of the rooms in via San Felice in Bologna.
The exhibition has seven sections – A life story; More than a biography; The conjugation of the verb to photograph; Emotion, invention and disobedience; A kind man full of humor; A more acceptable universe; Re-enchant the real – distributed in the various rooms, where visitors are expected to keep a distance of one meter from each other.
Robert Doisneau was born in Paris in 1912; he remains an orphan before he is even ten and is raised by an aunt.
His first contact with art came when he was 13 years old and enrolled in a craft school, where he graduated in etching and lithography. While still a teenager he began to devote himself to amateur photography and soon began to work in the advertising sector, where however his independent and nonconformist spirit would never adapt.
In 1939 he traveled to Europe in search of stories to illustrate; it is at this moment that he takes his first professional street photography. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was drafted into the French army as a soldier and photographer; he remained in the army until 1940 and from then until the end of the conflict he used his artistic skills to falsify passports and documents for the French Resistance.
After the war he started working again as a freelance, selling his shots to prestigious magazines such as Life. For a short time he was also the fashion photographer for Vogue, but he quickly withdrew from this environment to return to the street, his true passion.
His work reached expressive maturity in 1950 and the following decade was its most intense and prolific period. He collaborates with writers and poets such as Blaise Cendrars – who will compare his work to that of a circus performer – and Jacques Prévert; it is with the latter that he shares the passion for street life.
He died in Paris at the age of 81 on April 1, 1994.
Timetable and price information on the official website.